Nico Rosberg has signed a new multi-year contract extension with Formula One team Mercedes and quickly stressed his desire to continue winning more races and “hopefully championships”.
The 29-year-old German, who joined the Silver Arrows in 2010, currently leads the drivers’ standings by four points ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton going into his home grand prix at Hockenheim on Sunday which will mark the halfway point of the 2014 season.
Rosberg, who has enjoyed six race victories – three this year – and 17 podium finishes in his five-years with the team, had been linked with a possible move to pastures new at the end of 2014 as his relationship with 2008 world champion Hamilton has been tense at times.
But this deal removes any doubts and ties him down to the long-term with Rosberg insisting he is “proud” to drive for Mercedes, while he also expressed his delight that they are finally leading the way in F1 after a long battle to get to the top.
He added: There has been big progress during the past year, building up our structure, management and capability for the future. We have an awesome team and I am confident that we have the right people in place at every level.
“I’m looking forward to the next years together, when we will keep pushing to win even more races – and, hopefully, championships.”
Rosberg is 2.80 to celebrate his new contract with Mercedes by winning the German Grand Prix this weekend, while he is 2.20 to secure the World Drivers’ Championship this year